Proposed Relocation of Cranleigh Primary School – parking & access

Proposed Relocation of Cranleigh Primary School – parking & access

Everyone is waiting – will Cranleigh Primary School finally be rebuilt? and will it be relocated onto Sports Fields? 

Cranleigh Society would like to hear your comments about this relocation and its implications regarding access and parking. Hopefully we can affect the best outcome for the benefit of all. We can still write to Surrey County Council and explain how we think this plan is going to affect Cranleigh and its residents. 

Cranleigh Parish Council and Waverley Borough Council have – at the moment – rejected the plans.   So Surrey County Council have gone back to the drawing board and are offering “improved” plans. They have consulted experts regarding the flood risks.  This site is alongside Nuthurst Stream and is in a flood zone. However the latest plans do address this problem.

The Site – is the 2 playing fields near to  Cranleigh Sports and Social Club, and the bowling club. (Guildford direction) – one for the buildings and the other for sports facilities.

According to the traffic assessors parents and carers who need to drive their children to school will continue to park their cars in the Church Rooms car park or around Parsonage Road.

Then they will walk with their children past Glebelands School to where the road joins with Rowland Road and along the footpath  at the entrance to the Sports and Social club, and the Bowling club.

The pupil entrance gate will be located at the far end of this footpath (about a 12 minute walk from the church rooms)

Alternatively, a quicker route is to park in the Stocklund Square car park and approach the entrance via the narrow footpath on the Common – opposite the Curry Inn.

Cranleigh Society would like to know if you support this move and if you know of families who will find the walk just fine, or if you are somewhat concerned about getting young children to school?   At this stage you can affect the best outcome of all the planning ideas – how would you suggest it is done really well for the benefit of all?  There will be a further committee meeting at Surrey and we are watching to see when it comes up.

To find out more go to – 

Waverley Borough Council / planning  / WA/2018/2044  = “GLEBELANDS SCHOOL, PARSONAGE ROAD,  CRANLEIGH, GU6 7AN – Consultation under regulation 3 for construction of a two and single storey building with associated car parking provision landscaping all-weather sports pitch and new access from parsonage road to provide a replacement for Cranleigh primary school.”

go to – DOCUMENTS – additional information SCC Ref 2018-0138 planning Cranleigh design & access statement Rev E

Surrey County Council has applied to Waverley Borough Council to build a new school for 600 pupils and 60 nursery places, and a specialist language centre.  The latest plans move the buildings away from the water and flood prone area – nearer to the houses on the Common.


Proposed Relocation of Cranleigh Primary School – parking & access

Green fields to new Primary School & sports facilities?

One of Cranleigh Society’s members has looked at the plans very carefully and is fearful about the plans as they stand – what do you think?

“Surrey County Council is planning to relocate Cranleigh CoE Primary School to the playing fields behind the houses on the Common and build over 70 houses on the existing school site opposite Glebelands.   Parents of very young children will have to access the school via two long narrow passageways, one running up from the Common opposite the Curry Inn, and the other from the corner of Parsonage Road. There is no parking provision nearby so busy parents will probably park on the Common, in the driveways or simply stop in the High Street and allow their children to run across the green sward to the entrance of the footpath.  This would lead to traffic chaos and is very unsafe for the children.  The police will not be able to prevent parents from parking on the Common.

The new school should be built on its present site, in the heart of the village with safe access via the post office to the High Street.  The playing fields should be retained for use by the school for sport, especially as the pupil numbers will increase to over 600.

The idea of funding a new school by selling its land to build houses whilst disposing of a playing field is totally unacceptable – it’s certainly not in the children’s or village’s best interests.  This application is driven by financial considerations and housing targets.  Surely, with all the new houses being built around Cranleigh the developers should be made to contribute towards building a new school on its present site??”

The planning and regulatory committee is due to consider this application in June.  If you wish to comment go to 
Ref WA/2018/2044 

Planning Application WA/2018/2044 – Valid From 05/12/2018
Consultation under regulation 3 for construction of a two and single storey building with associated car parking provision landscaping all-weather sports pitch and new access from parsonage road to provide a replacement for Cranleigh primary school 
Society News

Society News

Spring has sprung! Lots to report – please read on…..

Cranleigh Society Social meetings – Monday 11th March From 6.30 at Three Horseshoes pub – remember you can order food if you would like to – some of us do.  And please remember we need your support and ideas.

COMMUNITY!  If  you belong to another group in Cranleigh please contribute to our cause – are you a member of a Resident Association, or similar – then we would like to hear from you!

This Week – Cranleigh Parish Council needs you! 

Village Hall on Wednesday evening 7pm to discuss the hospital project CVHT  hostel for health workers & HC-One private care home plus 20 NHS & SCC beds

Village Hall on Thursday all day and early evening to discuss Cranleigh’s Plan – Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan.  It has been written, we have to respond then it goes to an inspector, then we have to vote!  And only after that all succeeds can Cranleigh be better off regarding planning permissions because it has an Adopted Plan!

Meetings with Waverley Councillors & Officers continue

Cranleigh Civic Society and Waverley Borough Council Officers and Borough & Parish Councillors met up to discuss concerns and prompt ACTIONS.

They urge the community to communicate strongly either to Cranleigh Parish Council or Waverley Borough Council or any group such as Cranleigh Civic Society so that your voices can be heard. In turn they weigh up all the responses and in the context of the law and their own strategies.

The topics and questions covered are the key questions you all ask us.  The responses are in some cases detailed and satisfactory and in others we must continue to try to get improvements and changes.

Waverley is working hard – to reduce costs and confusion, and reduce the problems they have to deal with – by communicating better and responding where possible in helpful ways.

Community Recycling Centres – Waverley agree that if  these services close to save Surrey County Council money, WBC will have to pay for the removal of fly tipped matter – so please everyone write to Cllr Andrew Povey and explain your ideas about what to do. He is leading a task force and has asked for everyone’s suggestions/evidence to keep the CRC open  e.g. levy our Parish precept as we do to ensure the toilets stay open? email:

Most of you will most likely have seen and signed this petition to keep our recycling centre open (it’s had a brief stay of execution but it’s days are numbered) but if not please do! Unless of course you don’t mind having to schlep over to Witley or the other side of Guildford at the weekend to dispose of any waste… Click on link, share with friends. It takes 5 secs.

Drinking Water pipes – please report problems and bursts to Cranleigh Parish Council so that they can continue to press Thames Water to sort them out, They need replacing whether or not there is a health risk associated with bursts (blue asbestos fibres).  We are hoping that someone in authority can help the World Health Authority to set up a new world wide investigation into the use of asbestos cement fresh water pipes.  Come to the flood forum 22nd March for more – we will have microphones and a PA system – details below.

A comment about our water pipes has been found reminding us of the complicated nature of it all – “The National Water Council spent 4 years and a lot of money trying to develop a method of resin lining asbestos cement pipes to slow down exfoliation, but in the end they gave up as no one could come up with a reliable, lasting installation method.  Some of the pipe manufacturers sprayed the insides of their pipes with bitumen, but the NWC tested that and found it didn’t last long so they never endorsed it”.

Flooding – it’s essential that you report flooding to Cranleigh Parish Council so that they can press Waverley BC and all other bodies that keep the house buildings going on. Photos with dates and times are essential please.

Cranleigh Leisure Centre – Waverley have paid for outside expert advice and consulted with Cranleigh Parish councillors who in turn say they have their “ears to the ground” and know what people want. Waverley must now decide what to do next but it’s delicate because the Leisure centre is run by an outside business and they have the right to be dealt with in private.

Planning permissions  – if you can’t find out how to tell Waverley how you feel about planning permissions please contact the Clerk at Cranleigh Parish Council for the reference number and details.  All PPs go to our Parish councils as soon as they are made. Glebelands school sports pitch has long since been assumed to be given up for a new Cranleigh Primary school – but there are problems….. Cranleigh School – private – has withdrawn its application to build 40 houses opposite Notcutts. The housing along Elmbridge Road is being built – watch and report!  HC-One Care home with 20 hospital beds for the community, and CVHT’s hostel are both being looked at by Waverley at the moment – see above item about the meeting this week.

The future of sport in Cranleigh – Waverley have a department that works on providing sports facilities. They state that Cranleigh school – PRIVATE – was never involved in the building planning permission levy – Section106 money for a new all weather pitch in Cranleigh.  Something is being considered if and when there is planning permission for Surrey County Council to build on Glebelands sports field (it has been reported that this field is unused because is floods).

Lost income from levying builders – S106 & CIL – it’s complicated!  Let’s just say it’s all a matter of delicate decision making to make sure houses are built and money comes in for small projects – not major roads etc. The CIL – COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY  – can be used after March 1st 2019.  but at the discretion of the council. When S106 or CIL money becomes available is a complicated matter…… we have been explained to and we have a spreadsheet if you are interested.

Trees and Hedgerows – Waverley says that trees impact is part of the planning balance required by national policy.  We say Waverley’s strategy must be strengthened.  Do you have photos and details of destruction or better of protection needed?

Planning conditions – must be undertaken – if you believe some builder is breaching conditions or don’t know what conditions have been put in place then contact –  Victoria Choularton is the Enforcement Team Leader on 01483 523008.

Communications – The Waverley Borough Council officers say their team always welcomes feedback on what can be improved and what works well – any suggestions can be sent to: In the mean time people are welcome to sign up to the existing newsletters on the council’s website:

Some of Waverley’s  processes and methods are being upgraded thanks to pressure from the public including Cranleigh Civic Society. Meeting up with Waverley regularly is clearly very important.

If you would like more details –  join us when you can – 2nd Monday in each Month – at the Three Horseshoes Pub any time from 6.30pm, 11th March.

MP ANNE MILTON’s FLOOD FORUM FRIDAY 22nd MARCH 10.30 BAND ROOM – we will have MICROPHONES and a PA System. This meeting will include preparation leaflets to help participants understand who is on the panel, the language and the issues.  We have borrowed the Lions PA system – thank you Lions – so let’s get a good crowd going – bring evidence of what is wrong.

CRANLEIGH’S RIVERS & STREAMS – message from Glen at Surrey Wildlife Trust

A history of poor management and pollution has left the Cranleigh Waters a shadow of its former self so Surrey Wildlife Trust are working with the Cranleigh community on a 3 year project, funded by Thames Water, to improve the health of the river. Understanding the issues is key to restoration so in 2018 volunteers were trained to monitor  river health by sampling invertebrates on the river bed whose presence can tell us how clean the water is as well as pin point pollution and habitat issues. Monitoring is done in pairs and involves taking a 3 minute kick sample with a net to collect invertebrates such as mayflies. The invertebrates are then counted and the score can tell us what sort of state the river is in. By taking a snap shot of the catchment using this method we can focus our efforts to maximise our impact. Later in the Summer there will be a number of volunteer restoration days installing habitat in to the stream to create opportunities for wildlife and kick start natural processes. A rivers workshop will also be held in the summer to present the findings of all the investigations to the community and look at next steps.


Concerns over plans for New Junior School in Cranleigh

Concerns over plans for New Junior School in Cranleigh

Surrey County Council have submitted a planning application (ref SCC2017/0064 & WBC: WA/2017/0696) for a new Junior and Infant School at Glebelands in Cranleigh, and this was discussed at the Cranleigh Parish Council Planning meeting on 24 April 2017.

Having reviewed the application we at Cranleigh Civic Society have concerns regarding child safety.

It appears that with the new school building, the impact of having 3 schools in close proximity in the Glebelands area, and the dangers of hugely increased population of school children travelling to and from school, have not been addressed.

The current Church of England Infant School in Church Lane, has parking available that allows parents to park and walk their Infant school children to the safety of the Infant School premises.

There is no parking provision for parents in the proposed new infant School at Glebelands that will allow parents to ensure their children’s safe arrival at School.

As well as no parking provision for the younger children’s parents/guardians, there is also no extra drop-off area provision for the increased number of High School children.

The impact of the Dunsfold and Cranleigh development proposals could double the current numbers of children of Infant and High School age travelling to and from Glebelands School.

The lack of safety provision in the proposed application will put the new and existing school attendees at unacceptably high risk in many ways in the future while travelling to, from and arriving at school.

We believe that Surrey County Council & Waverley Borough Council both have a duty to properly address this serious issue to ensure child safety and we would be interested to hear how they will carry out their duty of care in ensuring the safe arrival and departure of the huge numbers of children that will attend the Schools at Glebelands in the future.

Concerns over plans for New Junior School in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Primary School Development Plans

We have been advised that some residents have received an invitation to the Public Exhibition of the proposed residential development of 98 houses (and open space!) at the existing Cranleigh school sites at Parsonage Road and Church Lane, in addition to the relocation of Cranleigh Primary School to ‘surplus’ land at Glebelands. (This surplus land has a football pitch on it, so is in fact a school playing field).

Surrey County Council wants your views, please make sure you go to the public exhibition and let them know what you think of this scheme.

16:00 to 19:30 hrs

Residents have expressed many concerns about the loss of these sites to yet more housing in Cranleigh, especially in light of the fact that planning permission has been granted for nearly 850 new homes with a further 120 dwellings on the Hewitts Industrial Estate site at Appeal.

Surely we need more school sites now not less, or am I missing something?” one resident has asked us.

Existing Cranleigh Primary Schools sites


Existing primary school sites

There are also concerns about parking and pedestrian access on the proposed new school site.  “The new school will only have one narrow access point via the Royal British Legion – onto the corner of Rowlands Road. Where will the parents park? Imagine the traffic chaos outside Glebelands School at 8:45am from coaches, parents and residents from the new developments.”

At present, parents can access the existing schools from Parsonage Road, Dewlands Lane and by pedestrian link to the High Street, providing adequate and fairly dispersed parking near by.

The pedestrian link to the new school will be up the footpath opposite the shop ‘Bone’ on the Common. There are worries that this area of the Common will become an unofficial car park as parents avoid the more congested area around the school.  “Has a traffic assessment been done by someone who actually understands the frustrations of the school run?” a resident has asked us.

The application can be viewed on the Waverley Borough Council Planning Portal the ref is SO/2016/0004.

The following text is taken from the application documents:

“The proposed scheme is for the erection of 98 dwellings, including 31 affordable dwellings, with associated parking spaces, gardens and open space. The proposal would comprise a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings. Access would be provided from Parsonage Road and Dewlands Lane.”

“The site comprises two parcels of land to the north of Cranleigh High Street, which are currently occupied by Cranleigh C of E Junior School (Site ‘A’) and Cranleigh C of E Infant School (Site ‘B’). The total site area for the two sites is 2.48 ha. The sites currently comprise single storey school buildings and associated play and parking space. Site ‘A’ also contains a portakabin occupied by Mulberry Living Ltd, which is a private healthcare provider.”

Waverley Planning Officers have also stated the following:

“There are several proposals for residential development in and around Cranleigh namely:

• Land at Knowle Lane – 425 dwellings – WA/2014/0912 – appeal allowed

• Land south of Amlets Lane – 125 dwellings – WA/2014/1038 – outline permission granted, reserved matters under consideration

• Hewitts Industrial Estate – 120 dwellings – WA/2014/2384 – refused, currently at appeal

• Land at 106 and Chantreys Bungalow and land to the south west of Horsham Road – 149 dwellings – WA/2014/1754 – outline permission granted, reserved matters under consideration

• Little Meadow – 75 dwellings – WA/2015/0478 – pending decision

• Land west of Cranleigh Nurseries and North of Knowle Park – 265 dwellings – WA/2015/1569 – pending decision.

Were the above planning applications to be granted, and those currently at appeal allowed, there would be a cumulative increase of 1,159 dwellings in the immediate vicinity of the application site.

However, to date, only three of the above schemes have been granted outline permission, and the reserved matters for those proposal have not yet been agreed.

Therefore it is considered that at this stage the development would not cumulate with other developments such that significant environmental impacts would occur.”

The Cranleigh Society vehemently refutes the point that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required and the cumulative effect of all the development in Cranleigh will not have a significant impact on the environment.

Copy of Letter Elizabeth Sims, Head of Planning Waverley Borough Council

Our initial observations are as follows:

There is no objectively assessed need for yet more housing in Cranleigh.

A significant area of the Cranleigh Primary School site is in flood zone 3 and therefore at high risk of flooding (as is the new proposed school site it appears from the Environment Agency flood map for planning).

EA flood map for planning school sites

We also have the ongoing issue with sewage in Cranleigh, which brings into serious question the deliverability of these houses.

There appears to be inadequate parking provision in the notional design.

Roof heights appear to be extremely tall, with 2.5 and 3 storeys dominating the street scene and neighbouring homes.

Furthermore, the density is particularly high, cramming in almost 40 dwellings per hectare (dph). The overall average dph in Cranleigh is 17.3.

Cranleigh Primary Schools proposed elevation plans


Proposed elevation plans